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Art Of Tailgating Gets Complex

It used to be simple. You’d park the pickup truck, pop the tailgate, grill a burger, down a beer or two and head into the game. But tailgating has gotten so complicated, especially for die-hard Bobcat fans. Jim Waldon is known to other tailgaters as “one of those guys from Great Falls.” His tailgate, with three trailers, is hard to miss. The biggest trailer has a custom Bobcat paint job and is already parked outside Bobcat Stadium. It’s on Kagy Boulevard, right along the walk where players enter the stadium, and it is one of Montana State University’s largest and most established tailgates. Waldon, MSU class of ’80, said the guys from Great Falls feed “anywhere from 300 to 600 people, depending on the game.” It’s all paid for from donations/Rachel Hergett, Bozeman Chronicle. More here. (SR file photo/Christopher Anderson, of a 2010 tailgate party at Eastern Washington)

Question: Have you ever tailgated at a sports event?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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